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Slick Hungary keep up the pressure

Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.00CET
Hungary 2-0 Malta First-half goals from Péter Maté and Tibor Tisza keep Hungary in contention for a top-two finish in Group 8.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton & Márton Dinnyés
from Budapest
Published: Friday 2 September 2005, 21.00CET

Slick Hungary keep up the pressure

Hungary 2-0 Malta First-half goals from Péter Maté and Tibor Tisza keep Hungary in contention for a top-two finish in Group 8.

Hungary remain in contention for a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after outclassing Malta 2-0 at the Illovsky Rudolf stadium.

Close pool
After dominating for so long, Hungary really should have had more to show for their efforts than first-half goals from Péter Maté and Tibor Tisza. The Hungarians now have 15 points from seven games, the same as a Sweden team who they tackle in Budapest on Wednesday. Croatia remain three points clear after they triumphed 2-1 in Iceland tonight.

Swift counter
Tisza set the tone for a fine personal performance in the first minute by firing an effort at goal which a Malta defender bravely blocked. György Sandor and György Józsi also went close before the Maltese almost shocked the home side with a swift counterattack as the half-hour approached. Cleaven Frendo drove Shaon Bajada's cross into the body of Marton Fülõp, presenting Paul Fenech with a chance from the rebound which he drilled into the side-netting.

Warning heeded
Hungary heeded this warning and their opening goal came just seconds later, Maté leaping highest to head in an inswinging corner from captain Péter Czvitkovics. Tisza, who also scored in the corresponding fixture, made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute by breaking away, dribbling around the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. Péter Czvitkovics was Hungary's main threat after the break, and went closest to extending the lead when hitting the crossbar in the 70th minute.

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